22 Wing North Bay

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“Guardians of peace”

22 Wing North Bay, also known as the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS), is responsible for providing surveillance, identification, control and warning for the aerospace defence of Canada and North America at the Sector Air Operations Centre.

This surveillance and identification of all air traffic approaching North America (some 200,000 flights per year) is accomplished using radar information received via satellite from the North Warning System across the Canadian Arctic, coastal radars on the east and west coasts of Canada, and Airborne Warning and Control System Aircraft.

All Aircraft penetrating this radar coverage are detected and identified by the personnel of 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron (AC&W Sqn), who are always on guard 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Unidentified Aircraft, Aircraft in distress, or Aircraft suspected of conducting illegal activities may be intercepted by CF-18 fighters.

Critical information on air sovereignty events is forwarded to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where it is in turn passed on to the command authorities, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada, to decide on the appropriate responses.

Due to this binational nature of the NORAD agreement, some 33 American personnel belonging to the USAF's 1 Air Force Detachment 2 operate at the Canadian Sector Air Operations Centre (SAOC). Training of the personnel who perform the air sovereignty mission is done by 51 AC&W (Operational Training) Squadron, an integral unit of 22 Wing.

22 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base North Bay.

History

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Portrait of Chief Warrant Officer John Short

Wing news

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone now aligned with Canada’s sovereign airspace

The alignment of the Canadian Air Defence Identification Zone (CADIZ) with Canada’s sovereign airspace and its approaches became effective today through the publication of revised coordinates in aviation publications.
May 24, 2018

A person wearing a helmet with closed visor and a military uniform holds a rifle. In the background is a large, two-rotored helicopter.

Tactical helicopter squadrons prepare for deployment to Mali

On May 22, 2018, 408 and 450 Squadrons completed an exercise designed to prepare their helicopters and personnel for a deployment to Mali this summer.
May 23, 2018

A man and a woman, both in uniform, stand and salute flags as a formation of 10 aircraft flies overhead.

Canada, U.S. mark 60 years of joint NORAD command

Canada and the United States celebrate the 60th anniversary of NORAD.
May 22, 2018

A black-and-white photograph of a young man wearing an air force uniform and staring intently at the camera, superimposed on a colour photograph of a blue sky with light clouds.

How “Screwball” Beurling got his nickname

Flight Sergeant George Beurling soared to fame in the skies over Second World War Malta, and chafed at life on the ground.
May 18, 2018

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Contact information

22 Wing Public Affairs officer
22 Wing North Bay
General Delivery
Hornell Heights, Ontario POH 1PO

Main Switchboard: 705-494-2011
Fax: 705-494-6261

Public Affairs Officer

Email: 22WgPublicAffairsOff@forces.gc.ca